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In 1565 led by Louis of Nassau and Henry of Brederode, the League of Nobles advanced. Hendrik van Brederode became a convert to the Reformed faith and placed himself at the side of the prince of Orange and Count of Egmont in resisting the introduction of the Spanish Inquisition and Spanish despotism into the Netherlands. In 1566 he was one of the founders of the League of nobles who bound themselves to maintain the rights and liberties of the country by signing a document known as the Compromise of Nobles. On April 5 of that year Brederode accompanied to the palace a body of 300 Knights, for whom he acted as the spokesman, to present to the regent, Margaret of Parma, a petition setting forth their grievances. It was at a banquet at the Hotel Culemburg on April 8, presided over by Bréderode, that the sobriquet of les Gueux, or 'the Beggars,' was first given to the opponents of Spanish rule. Bréderode, the 'Grote Geus' or big beggar, was banished from the Netherlands by Alva, and died in exile shortly afterwards at the early age of thirty-six.

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In 1565 led by Louis of Nassau and Henry of Brederode, the League of Nobles advanced. Hendrik van Brederode became a convert to the Reformed faith and placed himself at the side of the prince of Orange and Count of Egmont in resisting the introduction of the Spanish Inquisition and Spanish despotism into the Netherlands. In 1566 he was one of the founders of the League of nobles who bound themselves to maintain the rights and liberties of the country by signing a document known as the Compromise of Nobles. On April 5 of that year Brederode accompanied to the palace a body of 300 Knights, for whom he acted as the spokesman, to present to the regent, Margaret of Parma, a petition setting forth their grievances. It was at a banquet at the Hotel Culemburg on April 8, presided over by Bréderode, that the sobriquet of les Gueux, or 'the Beggars,' was first given to the opponents of Spanish rule. Bréderode, the 'Grote Geus' or big beggar, was banished from the Netherlands by Alva, and died in exile shortly afterwards at the early age of thirty-six.